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Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part III: Lost in the Future.

 Part Three of Gillingham’s book, The EU: An Obituary does not make for comforting reading. For readers prepared to soldier on, the author is not saying that the EU is dead, only that if it carries on blandly in the … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part II. France, Germany and world markets.

The second phase of the European project may be dated from the breakdown of the post-war fixed exchange rate regime, whereby currencies were benchmarked to a stable dollar, itself convertible at $34 an ounce gold. The key decision was taken … Continue reading

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A Letter to Cameron on Brexit: why Plan B=Plan A.

The Times of February 17, 2016 holds a lead article on Brexit, whose title has Cameron quoted as saying  ‘Don’t push us into Brexit’. The PM was said to be very stressed that European leaders would water down the results of … Continue reading

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The UK between In and Out: Review of Brexit to Nowhere and Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence.

Nick Witney, Brexit to Nowhere: The Foreign Policy Consequences of “Out”, European Council on Foreign Relations, ECFR, November 2015. http://www.ecfr.eu; Robin Niblett, Britain, Europe and the World: Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International … Continue reading

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Is the American Century Over? Polity Press, 2015

In 1991, Nye published Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, a response to Paul Kennedy’s best-selling The Rise and Decline of Great Powers, in which Kennedy had written that the US was in decline due to an … Continue reading

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Global energy scenarios to 2035

Global energy is and always has been, highly controversial, particularly since the world’s conversion from locally supplied coal in the 1950s, to  dependence on oil from the Gulf.  The shift occurred swiftly .  Changes in U.S. tax incentives in 1958 … Continue reading

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Is China’s growth engine slowing?

Here is the url for this webinar: http://youtu.be/cAz4-aDj2g8 My theme is that we have to be very careful in analyzing China. For thirty years, there have been prophecies that China’s growth engine will slow down; that the financial system will … Continue reading

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A globalizing China: future hegemon or partial power?

Juan Pablo Cardenal, Heriberto Araujo, China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers Traders, Fixers and Workers Who are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image, London, Allen Lane, 2013; David Shambaugh, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Both … Continue reading

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Consulting: context matters

My specialism is linking context, political, economic, social, to corporate policy. That is what I have been working on for over four decades. So if you wish to have me present at one of your events, please get in touch … Continue reading

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